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HELMETS: Promote personal responsibility

Letter by Erik Hovden, Olalla on June 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm with 5 Comments »
June 4, 2012 1:20 pm

The Milton City Council made the right call in deciding to do away with the helmet law (TNT, 5-28). This is supposed to be a free county. We send our troops to fight and bleed promoting freedom yet don’t let our own citizens have freedom right here at home?

Part of freedom is having personal responsibility. Wearing a helmet is common sense. I would not ride my motorcycle without a helmet even if I were to be so unfortunate as to be in Arizona. It has no helmet law, yet the laws of physics still apply. It seems one would have to be stupid not to wear one.

On that note, there are far too many stupid people in America – as one could tell if you just looked at who we keep voting into political office.

I have a simple solution: Let’s remove all warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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  1. Bandito says:

    Erik- I am presently in a state with no helmet law. I have yet to see anyone wearing a helmet. There is no sense of personal responsibility, only testosterone. Helmet laws work.

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    Erik, I agree. Selectively protecting people from some, but not all, of life’s hazards has created a situation where people are no longer able to protect themselves. When I was a kid I avoided cars on my bicycle because I didn’t have a helmet to give me a sense of false security.

  3. alindasue says:

    itwasntmethistime said, “When I was a kid I avoided cars on my bicycle because I didn’t have a helmet to give me a sense of false security.”

    The key is to teach children to wear their helmets AND watch for cars. Kids need to understand that helmets don’t keep them safe. They just increase the chances that the damage would be less. Parents need to understand that and teach it to their children.

  4. beerBoy says:

    So, according to the letter, we send our troops to fight for the freedom to not wear helmets??!!!??

  5. How about a rider on all insurance policeis – “Police null and void if all saftety equipment and devices were not used properly”

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